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Community Living Bill Tracking

The bills below could impact community living for people with disabilities in Texas.

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Community Living Bills (Telicon Report 4/24/2017)
BILLAUTHORDESCRIPTION, REMARKS, LAST ACTION
HB 221Donna HowardRelating to a sales and use tax exemption for child and adult diapers.
no datano dataRemarks: Would make a diaper, an absorbency undergarment, or a guard or pad used for protection against urinary or colonic leakage tax exempt.
no datano dataLast Action: 02-13-17 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Ways and Means
HB 284Drew SpringerRelating to authorization for certain health care facilities to secure residents with wheelchair self-release seat belts.
no datano dataRemarks: Would allow a person or their legally authorized representative to consent to the use of wheelchair self-release seat belts as long as the person demonstrates the ability to release the seat belt and it complies with the person's plan of care.
no datano dataLast Action: 04-19-17 S Referred to Senate Committee on Senate Health and Human Services
HB 1622Senfronia ThompsonRelating to the personal needs allowance for certain Medicaid recipients who are residents of long-term care facilities.
no datano dataRemarks: Would increase personal needs allowance for people in nursing facilities, assisted living facilities and intermediate care facilities from $60 to $75 per month. Does not include persons in HCS residential settings who have no minimum personal needs allowance.
no datano dataLast Action: 03-30-17 H Reported favorably from committee on House Human Services
HB 1768Sergio MunozRelating to care coordination under the Medicaid managed care program.
no datano dataRemarks: Would require HHSC to evaluate and eliminate duplicative care coordination benefits provided by MCOs, a medical home, a disease management program, and targeted case management. Would allow HHSC to modify the MCO capitation rate for the provision of consolidated care coordination. Would require HHSC to establish caseload standards for care coordinators specific to STAR+PLUS HCBS.
no datano dataLast Action: 04-17-17 H Committee action pending House Human Services
HB 3295Stephanie KlickRelating to the delivery of certain Medicaid services to persons with an intellectual or developmental disability.
no datano dataRemarks: Would require the IDD Pilot to operate for at least 24 months and expire in Sept 2019. Upon review of pilot outcomes, Texas Home Living waiver participants would transition to STAR+PLUS in 2020.
no datano dataLast Action: 04-19-17 H Recommended for Local and Consent Calendar
SB 51Judith ZaffiriniRelating to financial eligibility for the Texas home living (TxHmL) waiver program.
no datano dataRemarks: Would expand eligibility for the TxHmL Waiver program from 100% of SSI to 300% of SSI. Substitute expected to include deeming parental income.
no datano dataLast Action: 01-24-17 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Health and Human Services
SB 907Brian BirdwellRelating to the definition of the least restrictive environment for the placement of children in foster care.
no datano dataRemarks: Would redefine “least restrictive environment” in a placement for a child in the custody of Child Protective Services as the place closest to the child’s home and most able to meet the child’s identified needs. For a child needing basic or moderate services, that placement would be in a foster home or a cottage home. A cottage home is a congregate settings with shift staff that could house up to 12 children.
no datano dataLast Action: 04-24-17 S Placed on the Senate Calendar
SB 1132Chuy HinojosaRelating to the temporary continuation of medical assistance for certain individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities.
no datano dataRemarks: Would require HHSC to continue Medicaid eligibility to an individual with a developmental disability after the expiration of their eligibility period if: 1) they receive Medicaid waiver services; 2) they receive services through STAR+PLUS Medicaid managed care program; or 3) they reside in an ICF facility. This medical assistance would continue until either the end of a 90-day period, or the individual’s medical assistance eligibility is restored if earlier.
no datano dataLast Action: 03-07-17 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Health and Human Services
SB 1326Judith ZaffiriniRelating to procedures regarding criminal defendants who are or may be persons with a mental illness or an intellectual disability.
no datano dataRemarks: Would make changes to requirements following the arrest of individuals requiring assessment to determine MH/IDD status and/or requiring competency restoration, including jail-based competency restoration, and promoting release pending trial if not a danger to self or others. Would authorize HHSC to contract for jail-based competency restoration.
no datano dataLast Action: 04-24-17 S Placed on the Senate Calendar
SB 1997Kirk Watson Relating to establishing a pilot program for professional support service provider services for persons who are deaf-blind.
no datano dataRemarks: Would establish a pilot program to provide support services for people who are deaf-blind to access their environments. Would support people to make informed decisions by providing visual and environmental information, sighted guide services, and communication accessibility in the person's preferred language and communication mode. Would require that the pilot be located in two counties where a significant deaf-blind population resides.
no datano dataLast Action: 03-27-17 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Health and Human Services
SB 2023Judith ZaffiriniRelating to the implementation of the community living options information process for residents of certain facilities.
no datano dataRemarks: Would require local intellectual and developmental disability authorities to provide residents of medium and large private intermediate care facilities accurate, conflict-free information about the community living options available to them.
no datano dataLast Action: 03-27-17 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Health and Human Services
SB 2024Judith ZaffiriniRelating to the personal needs allowance for participants in home and community-based waiver programs.
no datano dataRemarks: Would require HHSC to ensure Medicaid Home and Community-based Services (HCS) waiver participants control of a minimum monthly personal needs allowance of at least $85 of their Social Security Administration monthly allotment.
no datano dataLast Action: 03-27-17 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Health and Human Services
SB 2165Judith ZaffiriniRelating to day habitation services for individuals with an intellectual disability.
no datano dataRemarks: Would require the HHSC to establish a registration process for day habilitation services providers that follow safety guidelines and minimum standards. Would prohibit co-location of day habilitation and sheltered work or a subminimum wage setting. Would prohibit an entity from being both the employer of record of the Medicaid waiver participant and a day habilitation service provider of the participant.
no datano dataLast Action: 03-29-17 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Health and Human Services

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